Synopses & Reviews
“On point” is a military term used to designate the infantryman who will lead patrol, the riskiest of all positions. Writing is risky business, too. For the veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, writing can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. But writing is also risky for the ego. It’s one thing to write a military story, especially a story based on authentic experiences; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback.
In On Point, Tracy Crow, an award-winning military journalist, former Marine Corps officer, college writing professor, military novelist, memoirist, and editor, presents a roadmap for writing an authentic military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wished she’d had when she first began writing about her military experience. While writing guidebooks abound, no book specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who risk reliving their personal traumas to craft a military story drawn with courage and candor. On Point is a guide for any writer who wishes to tell an authentic military story, developed especially for veterans and their families for whom writing may serve as a form of healing.
andldquo;A great tool for veterans, military service members, military family members, and for instructors of creative writing.andrdquo;andmdash;Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country
andldquo;Both useful and graceful. . . . This book is essential for those who want to share their perspective on the growth, the ironies, the emotions, and the fundamental truths of the military experience.andrdquo;andmdash;Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
andldquo;Tracy Crow has written the perfect writing guide. Her advice is crisp, clear, and indispensable: just what youandrsquo;d expect from a former Marine turned author.andrdquo;andmdash;Dinty W. Moore, author ofand#160;Between Panic and Desireand#160;and the director of the creative writing program at Ohio University
andldquo;Finally! A straightforward, practical primer. . . . On Point provides the necessary tools for converting oneandrsquo;s military experience into meaningful storytelling.andrdquo;andmdash;Dwight Jon Zimmerman, #1 New York Times best-selling author and president of the Military Writers Society of Americaand#160;
andldquo;The world needs Tracy Crowandrsquo;s writing guide because no other book has been written specifically for military veterans with stories to share. The advice is solid, her examples relevant, and her approach inspirational.andrdquo;andmdash;Lee Barnes, author of Gunning for Hoand#160;andand#160;When We Walked Above the Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam
Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is also risky for the ego. It is one thing to write a military story, especially one based on authentic experiences; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback.and#160;Award-winning journalist and author Tracy Crow presents a roadmap for writing an authentic, persuasive military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wishes sheandrsquo;d had when she first began writing about her military experience. No previous writing guide specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who want to craft their military story with courage and candor.
About the Author
Tracy Crow is a former Marine Corps officer and an award-winning military journalist. Her essays and short stories have been published widely and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine (Nebraska, 2012) and Red, White, and True: Stories from Veterans and Families, World War II to Present (Potomac Books, 2014).